Energy from the Oceans: simulations help to design efficient tidal turbine farms

Wake flow of a hydrokinetic turbine with helical vortices arising from the tips of the rotating turbine blades

Ocean tides deliver a reliable source of renewable energy that can be harvested with hydrokinetic turbine farms. It is, however, not fully clear yet how a turbine affects the efficiency of another turbine placed in its wake. To better understand this, scientists at the Institute of Marine Engineering in Rome recently performed Large-Eddy Simulations using PRACE resources to analyse a turbine’s wake flow. They not only found valuable insights for efficient hydrokinetic farms, but they also created a basis for more accurate modelling of whole turbine farms.

Scientists explore lipid metabolism with simulations and experiments

snapshot from simulation

Proper regulation of lipid metabolism and storage is critical for our health. A central role in this is played by so-called lipid droplets, which are a sort of storage system for lipids and also serve as cellular energy suppliers. To better understand these droplets and how they may affect the development of diseases, Biophysicist Stefano Vanni performed molecular dynamics simulations using PRACE supercomputing resources. The results shed new light on the vital work of phospholipids, and on the mysterious protein seipin.

Latest news from the world of high-performance computing

The EuroHPC Summit Week 2021 (EHPCSW) took place as a fully digital event this year, evoking the spirit of the fast-paced domain of discovery and invention enabled by high-performance computing that continues to gather momentum even as the world itself has had to drastically change pace. Now, we are happy to bring you the EHPCSW 2021 Executive Summary, providing full coverage and analysis of the latest in the world of European supercomputing.